Historic Mount Ellen returns to home tour

April 26, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. -Once a hospital filled with soldiers bloodied during the Civil War, Mount Ellen is now filled with antiques.

The two-story home on Summit Point Road has been remodeled and expanded to add a sitting room and a mudroom, said Giulia Tencalla, who lives there with husband Yves.

Mount Ellen is one of eight stops in Jefferson and Berkeley counties that is part of Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council's 52nd annual House and Garden Tour this weekend.

The tour's proceeds are used for community beautification projects in both counties, said Tami Bellotte, Shenandoah-Potomac district director. The district has 10 garden clubs.


Mount Ellen is one of the oldest homes in Jefferson County, built on land granted in 1760 by Lord Fairfax to John McCormick, according to the tour brochure.

In addition to being used as a hospital, the home served as a headquarters during the Civil War, Tencalla said.

The Tencallas bought the home in 1999 and moved in the next year after it was remodeled. The work included new plumbing, electrical wiring, heating and plastering; more molding; making the fireplaces operational; and remodeling the bathroom, she said.

Accenting the home are antique furniture and decorations passed down through their families, including a walnut chest of drawers from 1580.

Behind the house, the Tencallas are creating a formal Italian garden.

Homes and gardens on this year's tour:

· Mount Ellen, 3427 Summit Point Road, Summit Point

· Flagg House, 323 E. Washington St., Charles Town

· Daniel House, 380 Fillmore St., Harpers Ferry

· Carrot Top Cottage, 410 Fillmore St., Harpers Ferry

· John Wesley Hollida House and Scrabble Jersey Farm, 4810 Scrabble Road, Shepherdstown

· StagsHead, 39 StagsHead Court, Martinsburg

· Mereline, 1309 W. King St., Martinsburg

· The 1830 House, aka the Isiah Hedges Cabin, 105 S. Mary St., Hedgesville

If you go ...

WHAT: Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council's 52nd annual House and Garden Tour

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29

WHERE: various homes in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia

COST: Tickets for the complete tour are $18; $5 for ages 12 and younger. Admission to a single home is $6; $3 for ages 12 and younger. Tickets can be bought at any of the participating homes, except Carrot Top Cottage.

MORE: For more information, call 800-498-2386 or 866-HELLO-WV.

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